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Where the UFL stands on Vick

Posted by Chris Brown on July 25, 2009 – 2:01 am

While Michael Vick’s NFL status lies in wait, the fledgling UFL has addressed where they stand with respect to Vick possibly playing in their league this fall. UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue made the following statement.

“We do believe the UFL provides Michael Vick the perfect opportunity to regain his true playing ability and mentally prepare for being part of a professional football team again.  However, we will await a final determination by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding Michael Vick’s potential NFL reinstatement before any discussions take place with Vick. 

“If the opportunity arises for the UFL to pursue Vick, we will do so only after careful discussions with Michael and his representatives.  We would however, look favorably on his participation in our League.  As a start-up league, it is important to gain as much widespread exposure as possible; but we want to make sure we are drawing media attention for the right reasons. 

“While it is true the addition of Michael Vick to our Orlando franchise will attract the media, we believe the UFL will allow him ample playing time to hone his craft and then transition back to the NFL.  We also acknowledge that the added attention Vick will bring to the UFL will benefit the other players as they will now have a national platform to showcase their talents.”

This is very good positioning by the UFL. They publicly let Vick and anyone listening that they will welcome Vick into their league if things don’t pan out with NFL, and acknowledge that once he proves he’s capable of playing at the highest level he’ll transition back to the NFL. The UFL is wisely working in conjunction with the NFL and not competing with it.

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Losman comments further on UFL gig

Posted by Chris Brown on July 25, 2009 – 1:55 am

Former Bills QB J.P. Losman who officially signed with the Las Vegas franchise of the fledgling UFL had more to say about his signing as he’s one of the league’s marquee names right now.

“The United Football League is providing me with the opportunity to play the sport I love at a high level and for that, I am extremely grateful,” said Losman. “There are many players just like me who possess the skills to compete at the highest levels and just need the playing time to showcase their talents. The United Football League is filling that void and giving more players the opportunity to play. I am excited to get back out onto the field and represent Las Vegas during the League’s first season.”

While the statement sounds a bit orchestrated, there’s no debating that playing is what’s most important to Losman and in the UFL he’ll get the chance to do so. There won’t be any politicking or jockeying for a starting role. He’s the man for Las Vegas, and will get a chance to prove it. That would not have happened for him this year in the NFL.

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Losman pretty much a Las Vegas UFL’er

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2009 – 7:37 pm

J.P. Losman has not been officially announced by the UFL as the quarterback of their Las Vegas franchise, but he might as well be.

If you go to the UFL preview link at league’s website you’ll see a shot of Losman in his Bills duds and a write-up alongside the photo that pretty much calls him the poster boy for what the league is about, showcasing talent that slips through the cracks in the NFL.

It then explains how the slideshow is the first of four showcasing the “stars” of the Las Vegas team. They used the quotes around stars, not me.

Listed along with Losman as the stars of the Las Vegas club are former NFL’ers David Kircus (WR) and Adam Archuleta (S). And a college player RB Tyrell Fenroy, who had 5,000 rushing yards in college.

There was some talk about a big announcement of some of the larger name signings by the league, but it looks as if that’s been submarined a bit with this content linked to their own site.

Of course if they get Michael Vick to play in their league that will be the only big announcement they’ll need to make to get people interested.

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Two former Bills drafted by UFL Orlando club

Posted by Chris Brown on June 19, 2009 – 1:36 pm

Though J.P. Losman technically was not part of the draft pool there were two other former Bills players that were taken in the United Football League “premiere” draft last night.

Former defensive tackle Larry Tripplett and former defensive end Eric Powell were both drafted by the UFL’s Orlando club. Their head coach is former Bills LB Jim Haslett.

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ESPN’s Mortensen says Losman will play for UFL’s Vegas club

Posted by Chris Brown on June 19, 2009 – 1:21 pm

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen who has a connection with United Football League commissioner Michael Huyghue tweeted about the future of J.P. Losman who was not drafted.

On Mort’s twitter account he explained that Losman was not part of the draft pool, but that he will play for the Las Vegas club, which makes sense since Las Vegas did not draft a QB. Mort said that most of the QBs were “protected” by the league, which I can only guess means they could not be drafted (e.g. Losman, Vick and maybe a few others out there). 

Mort also shared that the four UFL teams will sign 30 players by July 1st and then another 30 in September after NFL clubs make final cuts for a total roster count of 60, with 50 able to dress on game day.

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UFL Draft tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on June 18, 2009 – 7:16 pm

For those wondering if J.P. Losman will in fact be headed to the upstart United Football League, the draft is being held tonight at 6:30pm.

That according to UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue, who tweeted as much today. Of course there’s likely to be no live coverage of the draft. It’s also being considered a “draft” in a bit looser sense as the league is making sure that the team’s are as balanced as possible.

Losman has been rumored to be going to play for former NFL coach Jim Fassel, the head coach of the UFL’s Las Vegas franchise.

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